In addition to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) that includes human rights due diligence (HRDD), the training programme promoted the ILO’s Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) and Social Policy, Decent Work as well as an ILO study on the electronics industry in Indonesia and its integration into global supply chains.
We plan to build a follow-up guideline not only for our internal company, but also for our external stakeholders, including our supply chains."Kundrat Adriansyah, General Manager HR of PT Panasonic Manufacturing Indonesia
Funded by the Government of Japan-Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), the RISSC Project aims to build more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global supply chains for advancing decent work and addressing decent work deficit, including human and labour right risks; while the Skill Development and Responsible Business Project, funded by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), aims at supporting a human-centred recovery from recent disruptions in the global supply chains. They both also focus on the electronics manufacturing sector.
Research shows that working performance of companies with diversity has increased 25 percent and companies that have decent work conditions also witness lesser labour conflicts and increased productivity."Lusiani Julia, ILO’s Gender Focal Point
They also learnt about workplace equality, non-discriminatory practices, and inclusivity as part of the responsible business conduct. Facilitated by the ILO’s gender focal point, Lusiani Julia, the session highlighted benefits gained by companies when they incorporate equality and inclusivity in their business practices. “Research shows that working performance of companies with diversity has increased 25 percent and companies that have decent work conditions also witness lesser labour conflicts and increased productivity,” Lusi said.
The training programme was concluded with the development of action plans on grievance mechanism, HRDD system and human rights policy. On the grievance system, the participants recommended the need for clear company policy and regulation that includes fastened grievance mechanism, tracking system, improved communications and increased accessibility as well as effective remedy.
On the HRDD system, they recommended the identification of relevant stakeholders and monitoring system, risks identification and data collection as well as capacity building for both identified internal and external stakeholders. Meanwhile on the human rights policy, the recommendations included the development and implementation of a guideline on human rights policy.
The ILO will continue working with relevant stakeholders to equip companies with responsible business practices and to find joint solutions in promoting and respecting human rights not only in companies’ operations but also their supply chains."Tauvik Muhamad, National Coordinator of the RISSC Project
As a way forward, Dede Sudono, National Officer of the Skills Development and Responsible Business Conduct Project, stated that skills development is a unique component under Responsible Business Conduct. “The idea is how the enterprises are responsible to improve and strengthen their employees’ skills for business transformation into automatization and green production. A quality apprenticeship, for example, is one of the enterprises responsibility on respecting human rights,” Dede added.
The idea is how the enterprises are responsible to improve and strengthen their employees’ skills for business transformation into automatization and green production."Dede Sudono, National Officer of the Skills Development and Responsible Business Conduct Project
He added that the company will also work together with the trade union to ensure the effectiveness of the implementation of the guideline. “We have maintained a good working relation with the trade union. It is also part of the responsible business practice.”
The electronic sector has been a key driver of economic growth and employment in many developing countries, including Indonesia. Indonesia’s electronic industry has contributed to lucrative domestic market and strong regional supply chains.